Who we are

The SOCAN Foundation, founded in 1992, is dedicated to fostering Canadian music creation and promoting a better understanding of the role of music creators in today’s society.

The SOCAN Foundation is an independent organization guided by its own board of directors. The board, which consists of songwriters, composers and music publishers, reflects popular music and concert music genres as well as the geographic and linguistic regions of Canada.

The SOCAN Foundation’s objectives are:

  • to help create and sustain an environment in which songwriters, composers, lyricists and music publishers may be encouraged and educated;

  • to help create and expand opportunities for songwriters, composers, lyricists and music publishers to have their works performed; and

  • to encourage an environment in which the public has a better understanding of the value of music and copyright and its importance to the cultural and economic life of our society.

The SOCAN Foundation fulfils these objectives by distributing grants and awards.

Success Stories

“The SOCAN Foundation’s grant resulted in a significant number of performances and career-building opportunities for singer/songwriters.”

—Ava Kobrinsky, Home Routes, Winnipeg


Success Stories

“SOCAN Foundation’s contribution will assist with presenting two songwriters sessions over the course of our festival–always a popular component
of the 10-day event.”

—Shirley Montague, Trails Tales Tunes Festival, Norris Point, NL


Success Stories

“We are happy to be able to offer performing songwriters in Manitoba professional development programming with the Foundation’s support.”

—Sean McManus, Manitoba Music, Winnipeg

singers on stage

Success Stories

“All these partners and sponsors are the reason why our festival enjoys such a broad reach today.”

—Michèle Goyette, Festival Mémoire et Racines, Joliette, QC